Four US soldiers of the NATO-led alliance have been killed in an attack in Southern Afghanistan, Sunday. The four were at a checkpoint that came under Taliban attack. As the attack ensued an Afghan policeman with the troops turned his gun on them.
This is another so called 'green on blue' where Afghan forces trained by and working with NATO forces attack allied personnel. Two British soldiers were killed a day earlier by another Afghan policeman as they returned from a patrol in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand.
The US soldiers were killed in Zabol. The BBC report that at least one Afghan policeman involved in the incident could still be at large. One is reported by APN as having been killed at the scene.
So far 51 foreign military workers and soldiers have been killed by attacks from Afghan police and security forces that were susposedly working alongside them as allies. As a result of these deaths the coalition has suspended the training of new recruits to the Afghan army and police.
The hope has been for the coalition troops to train up Afghan personnel so that they can hand over the running of the security of their own country. The aim is to have done this by 2014. The strain that these 'green on blue' killings has put on the relationship between the coalition and Afghan national services is immense with many allied forces feeiling increasing difficulty in having complete trust in Afghan forces.
This attack comes after the attack on Camp Bastion on Friday. Two US soldiers were killed in that attack and six Harrier jets were destroyed. Prince Harry was, according to Taliban sources, one of the targets for the Camp Bastion attacks but he was unharmed.